Taking place across the city , The London Design Festival 2015 showcased the creativity and diversity of design in London. Undoubtedly one of the best international design destination, the festival provided a lot of inspiration across a wide range of design disciplines, with exciting colours, materials, shapes, and innovations. Here are my selection of highlights & favourites from the festival 10 Designers in the West Wing at Somerset House :
Parties create spaces for us to connect with others, and invitations are the catalysts for those memorable moments. To explore the interplay between the two, Paperless Post and PATTERNITY designed ten invitations and an immersive installation in which to experience their exclusive new patterns.
KEYWORD : GEOMETRIC PATTERNS / LINES / PLAYFUL BLACK & WHITE
2. Transition; Warm/Wet by Arik Levy with Tabanlioglu Architects
KEYWORD : TRANSPARENCY / LIGHT / OPACITY / TRANSITION
3. Nest shelf by nendo
The latest shelf collection “nest shelf” by nendo. A shelf that from within a second shelf of the same size seemingly grows outward, allowing the user the flexibility to choose a width appropriate for the space available.
KEYWORDS : PRACTICALITY / FLEXIBILITY / COMPACT
4. The Wave by Alex Rasmussen with Neal Feay
The Wave invites you to wear socks and surf on it ! Santa Barbara designer Alex Rasmussen surrounded visitors with a giant wave: 700+ anodized aluminum panels, invisibly fastened to form a structural swell, reflecting crystalline shades of Pacific blue. Alex’s factory, Neal Feay, fabricated the modular installation and sent it to London via FedEx.
KEYWORDS : MODULAR STRUCTURE / ALUMINUM / DIGITAL FABRICATION
5. The Drawing Room by Faye Toogood
The genteel traditions of the English drawing room were redrafted by designer Faye Toogood. An environment that evoked a derelict country house from those charcoal sketches on the plastic sheets that lined the walls. The furniture was a combination of abstracted cardboard sculptures, a drawer of personal archive treasures, and reassuringly chunky contemporary pieces drawn from Toogood’s recent ‘Roly-Poly’ collection, remodelled in charcoal-hued fibreglass.
KEYWORDS : ABANDONED / COUNTRY / RUSTIC / HANDCRAFTED / ASSEMBLAGE / TROMPE L’OEIL / ARCHIVED / TREASURED / HOME
Faye Toogood also shows at V&A during the festival , read more in PART 2
IDEAS : Creating experiences are central to all design pieces within the rooms. Objects becoming an integral part of space, dimension, light, installation that could engage with people and users’ interactions.